The Temples in Tarxien

photo by Anne Pflug
Megalithic Temple

This temple, dating from around c.4,000 to 2,500 BC is located close to the place where I lived in Tarxien.  In fact, my friends and I used to play among the now protected and untouchable rocks when we were young children. This was before they became tourist attractions. I still remember seeing blood stains, from sacrifices on the altar rocks.

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Another view of Sliema

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From the rooftop, Sliema looks just like any other tourist city.

Another view of Sliema, the tourist Mecca of Malta from the roof of our hotel.  You can see the Promenade, hugging the Mediterranean and the many buildings built to accommodate the tourists who flock to this beautiful place. In the background, one can see more cranes, building more high-rises in a never ending battle to encourage more visitors to this tiny island.

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A Maltese Balcony

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a Maltese Balcony

Wherever you look in Malta, you will see a variety of balconies.  Some are made of wood and usually enclosed (see the various street scenes) while others are created by combining designs made out of metal.  The Maltese love to spend part of their day sitting in their balconies.  They enjoy the fresh air and seeing the activities outside their home. And, there is usually a cat or a dog enjoying the outside with them.

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Carozzin

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a leisurely method of transportation

When I was a child, we traveled everywhere by carozzin  as cars were not generally available yet, in Malta. Now, tourists use the carozzins as a relaxing way to travel short distances. They are available at all of the tourists attractions.

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View from Mdina

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View from Mdina

Mdina, the first capital of Malta, was built on a hill overlooking the countryside in the center of the island.  The bastions, which  surround the city, are perfect for protection in those times when invaders were trying to conquer Malta.  The solid high walls and locked gates were the major protection in Medieval times and the bastions enhanced this security. It is obvious that anyone on ‘guard duty’ on these bastions would be alerted to an oncoming attack.    This peaceful countryside may have been witness to many battles long ago.

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Lunch in Mdina

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Pastizzi and beer for Lunch .

This is just about my most favorite lunch.  Pastizzi are a Maltese specialty.  I have tried to make them at home, from a variety of recipes but have never been successful.  They are made with phyllo dough, filled with a ricotta and peas mixture.  Although they are served all over Malta, they are especially delicious at The Fontanella, in Mdina, while enjoying the view from the restaurant on one of the bastions surrounding The Silent City.

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Narrow Streets in Mdina

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Narrow Streets and Thick Walls
photo by Anne Pflug
Many streets are no wider than this one.

Although not all the streets in Mdina are this narrow, the majority are. Cars are pretty small in Malta but even so, it’s not easy to drive through here.

 

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